The ANC NEC have ordered its MPs to support its president Cyril Ramaphosa and vote against the adoption of the section 89 panel report in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

This was revealed by acting secretary-general Paul Mashatile during a media briefing on Monday. 

A meeting of the special NEC rallied behind President Cyril Ramaphosa against the section 89 panel report. This is to block a push for Cyril Ramaphosa to be subjected to an impeachment process.

The adoption of the report by Parliament on Tuesday through a simple majority would mean Cyril Ramaphosa would be up for impeachment.

Mashatile said the special NEC also decided it would oppose the adoption of the report. Because Cyril Ramaphosa had taken the report on review. 

The president has also approached the Constitutional Court arguing that the report was unlawful and should be set aside.

ANC Support Cyril Ramaphosa against section 89
ANC Support Cyril Ramaphosa against section 89


Mashatile said that while ANC NEC members disagreed on the matter, by the end of the meeting it decided that its Members of Parliament should be instructed to not support the report’s adoption should Parliament proceed with its sitting on Tuesday. 

This means President Cyril Ramaphosa will survive the onslaught from his enemies within and outside the ANC. Some within the ANC have also been calling for his head. 

“It was a unanimous decision by NEC members,” said Mashatile. 

“Given that the president was challenging the report, the ANC should not support the adoption of the report,” 

Mashatile said other institutions, including the Hawks, were investigating the matter. 

He would brief the ANC caucus in Parliament to not vote in favour of the adoption of the report.

Mashatile was adamant that given this decision by the NEC, Ramaphosa remains the president of the state and the ANC for now. 

Parliament will also sit to discuss the report on Tuesday.